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ORBÁN-ERDOGAN MEETING: 'DRIFTING INTO WAR NOT AN OPTION'

 

Talks between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara focused on the war in Ukraine and energy security issues, the PM’s press chief said. In the statement, Bertalan Havasi said Hungary and Türkiye, as neighbours of Ukraine, had an interest in “a just peace” reached through diplomatic means as quickly as possible. “Drifting into war and its escalation must be avoided,” the statement quoting the two leaders said. President Erdoğan thanked Hungary for the solidarity it showed in the aftermath of the earthquake in Türkiye and for its “enormous help”, especially the “heroic” efforts of Hungarian search and rescue teams. Orbán asked Erdoğan to ensure that Türkiye continues to be a reliable partner in the delivery of natural gas from the east, which is crucial for Hungarian energy security.